Cornering Cocoa, Plunging Gold, Stealing Dreams and Ripping up Pavement & Raising Chickens

Stacy Summary: It seems that the only market ‘participants’ in any asset are manipulators and governments who take the other side of the trade on our behalf.

130 comments on “Cornering Cocoa, Plunging Gold, Stealing Dreams and Ripping up Pavement & Raising Chickens
  1. flicks says:

    @mep – here as well –

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-how-goldman-gambled-on-starvation-2016088.html

    I came across something very unusual in the art world just recently. A chap called Pablo Helguera who has/does work in senior positions in important art institutions – Guggenheim and New York Museum of Modern Art made a request for people to write to him (as part of an art project for an organisation called smackmellon) http://www.smackmellon.com Here is what he says :-

    Dear friends, Please write to The Estheticist! The Estheticist is a correspondence service that provides free guidance and answers questions about the visual arts profession. Questions may relate to professional dilemmas (how can I approach my curator friend to include me into a show without being pushy?), ethical issues in the art world (should I curate myself into a show?), conflict of interest-scenarios (should I curate my boyfriend into a show?), basic skills questions ( how does one enter into the biennial circuit?) practical matters (should I move to Berlin?) or serious theoretical issues (is social practice art nothing but a rehash from the 70s?). The project is part of Smack Mellon’s exhibition Condensations of the Social. Write us with your question to estheticist@aol.com. WE WILL RESPOND TO EVERY SINGLE INQUIRY. The answers to all questions will be made available at Smack Mellon on July 17, at 3pm, where we will read a selection of these questions at a live program entitled The Art World Home Companion. You in turn will be publicly acknowledged for your question, except if you prefer to remain anonymous. We see this as an urgent service and platform of communication for emerging artists, curators, arts educators, and art writers. We look forward to your inquiries, and hope to see you at the live event on the 17th! all best Pablo http://pablohelguera.net/2010/06/the-art-world-home-companion-2010/ http://smackmellon.org/index.php/exhibitions/current/

    Now I looked at the funders of smackmellon guess what – they are funded by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan (oh dear me) Now those high up in the art world pretty much only associate with themselves and of course very rich people who fund and buy art. So this is pretty much un-heard of.

    Everyone – feel free to email this chap explain the issues with being funded by the likes of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, you know why ? Because the money men of banks , hedge funds go to art to morally launder themselves – to socially step up the ladder I very much doubt many or even any in the art world understand financial terrorism and incentivised destruction via CDW’s & CDO’s If they did high up art world people could manipulate/change their behaviour . But they have to have the moral balls to put it to them.

  2. Daniel S says:

    I am going to take a wild guess that the cocoa was purchased by Ritter.

    I think Coca-Cola is a difficult company to boycott.
    How many people who are clued in enough to boycott are so clued out as to be drinking fructose (a toxin) sweetened and caffeine loaded beverages?
    A large portion of Cola sales are through outlets where they have a monopoly, such as being the only cold beverages in a convenience store, the only pop on tap in an entire fast food chain (which again is frequented only by idiots), or the only pop in a sole vending machine.
    I’m reminded of the artist who took his money from a bank that wouldn’t give him a loan, only to put it into their parent bank. These McDonald’s “diners” who eat factory farm, antibiotic fed, growth hormone injected, feces familiar “beef” are supposed to be educated to know that Barq’s is a Coca-Cola product and Minute Maid isn’t orange juice? FAT chance. Well actually. FAT is probable, but the chances of accomplishing this feat are poor.

  3. MirrorMirror says:

    Water Samples Prove Toxic, Sample EXPLODES! Must Watch!!
    17th. July 2010

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SekmdPCAQ0U

  4. In the end, we are all damned says:

    @common sense
    that is a tough tough question for anyone to answer but yourself, as you have to live with the consequences. some random thoughts – (1) it depends on the “kind of degree” you are getting – something technical helps, (2) college degree unemployment (5-6% or so) is significantly different than high school (as a statistic) but that is also for those who have experience or “experiences”, (3) a college degree does seem like a high school degree these days, (4) one could argue winning meant being in the top 50% (past), as we move forward, it seems that that percentage decreases, sure thing is only top 1% (approx that with masters, phd), (5) by getting a degree you “diversify” since you have significant investor position in metals, (6) can’t get a masters without a bachelors, (7) if invest at $1.2k for gold and gold goes to $5k – that is 3x – a degree may mean employment or no employment (even if $10hr), (8) what is more valuable than a mind, intellect for employment, (9) what about starting some kind of business, (10) life is all about accomplishing one after another – note max and stacy and all their work, a degree is one (but only one) accomplishment – you won’t stop there, regardless may want to add accomplishments, (11) …

    some ideas out on the table

  5. Redzebra says:

    @Giuseppe re antarctic ice increase, from the page you linked to:
    “the differences between Arctic and Antarctic sea ice trends are not unexpected. Climate models consistently project that the Arctic will warm more quickly than the Antarctic, largely due to the strong climate feedbacks in the Arctic”. So despite the fact that you don’t believe in these computer models, they are able to project both local ice increases and decreases correctly.

  6. MirrorMirror says:

    RT : CrossTalk on NWO: Reality Check

    …In this edition of Peter Lavelle’s CrossTalk he asks his guests if the ongoing financial crisis is part of a historic shift of rearranging the global order….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg-rGGrYoBY

  7. Bonn says:

    freakin they removed “The Obama Deception” from You tube

  8. Seosamh O'Gallunai says:

    Some quotes about Jim Larkin by Dr.Emmet Larkin. The link beetwen poverty,lack of education and addiction which serves thise who would rule was well recognised even then. At the turn of the 20th c in a British Government report of the time living conditions in Dublin were worse than the’Black Hole of Calcutta’ duing the same period! With the unfashionable ness of the Trade Union Movement, vast wealth and Incomeand education gaps and the depoliticising of the Irish in general addiction of all kinds, Alcohol, Drugs, Food etc., is rising hugely again. Mos young people think that the basic working week was always 40 hours. Actually it was70-80 hours. Jim Larkin was responsible in Ireland for the 40 hour week.

    ‘When Larkin first arrived in Dublin in 1907 he was shocked at the degradation of human life in the capital city of Ireland. Some 26,000 families, or nearly a third of the people of Dublin, lived in 5,000 decayed tenements. Death, disease, immortality, insanity, crime, drunkenness, unemployment, low wages, and high rents formed an integral part of Dublin slum life. By founding the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union, Larkin was able to do something about raising the workers’ wages, shortening their hours, and improving their working conditions.

    But Larkin attempted to make his Transport Union something more than an instrument for the material advancement of the workers. He made it a vehicle for their social and cultural improvement as well. When the Transport Union acquired Liberty Hall as its headquarters in early 1912, the old hotel was transformed into a centre for the social and cultural activities of the Union.

    The crowning achievement, however, of Larkin’s imaginative social and cultural efforts was his rental of a house and three acres in Clontarf as a recreation centre for the Union members and their families.

    These were the reasons why Larkin was the idol of the Dublin working classes. He gave them more of his time, his energy, and himself than anyone had ever given them before. He gave them a social life besides the public house and the tenement stoop or window. And he brought a measure of hope and happiness into their narrow lives by providing them with new outlets for their neglected humanity. The achievement was modest because the resources were slender, but a great deal was done with very little where nothing had been before. ” When I came to Dublin I found that the men on the quays had been paid their wages in public houses, and if they did not waste most of their money there, they would not get work the next time. Every stevedore was getting ten per cent of the money taken by the publican from the worker, and the man who would not spend his money across the counter was not wanted.
    I have tried to lift men up out of the state of degradation. No monetary benefit has accrued to me. I have taken up the task through intense love of my class. I have given the men a stimulus, heart and hope which they never had before. I have made men out of drunken gaol-birds.”

  9. ronron says:

    well folks. carl’s not having any of the dangerous oil spill either. denial is rampant.

  10. Seosamh O'Gallunai says:

    Fear and Denial walk hand in hand!

  11. MirrorMirror says:

    No surprises here :

    Moody’s Cuts Ireland’s Credit Rating
    By MATTHEW SALTMARSH
    Published: July 19, 2010

    …Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Ireland one notch, to Aa2 from Aa1, although it remains comfortably above junk level. Moody’s also changed the outlook on the ratings to stable from negative….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/business/global/20punt.html?_r=1&src=busln

  12. Bonn says:

    @ Stacy & mAx
    I have a favour to ask
    because of this
    http://www.rkdn.org/u-r-next.asp
    “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me”

    You hafta talk about “the obama deception” censoreship on RT or before you know it maxkeiser.com might get censored
    Regards;
    Bonn

  13. MirrorMirror says:

    Special Report- The Secret Engine Behind China’s Housing Bubble- The Ponzi Shark Loan Finance

    http://israelfinancialexpert.blogspot.com/2010/06/special-report-secret-engine-behind.html

    + Videos

  14. Bonn says:

    MY COMMENT IS NOT GETTING POSTED

  15. Bonn says:

    @ Stacy & OR Max
    Are ya guys awake ????????
    Hic 😉
    Rawnrawn tey attackin tee internet nows

  16. Bonn says:

    Hello is tear anyone tear ???????
    Hic 😉

  17. Bonn says:

    SHUTDOWN OF THE NET BEGINS!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtQE9tu-1QM
    Hic 😉

  18. ronron says:

    @Bonn. hi y’all.

  19. stacyherbert says:

    @Bonn – we were on train back to Paris; here now, what’s up?

  20. Bonn says:

    @ Stacy
    what ya mean whats up
    US Govt. thinks 73000 bloggers have no right to free speech
    Hic 😉

  21. Tamir says:

    @MirrorMirror,

    Incredible post! Thanks.

  22. frances snoot says:

    @Bonn:
    WE are HERE. WE are HERE. WE are HERE.

    @RawnRawn:
    http://market-ticker.denninger.net/archives/2511-Oil-Spew-Update-Wheres-The-Doom.html

    @MizzHerbert:
    Hope y’all had a good time sippin’ wine with them French persons.

  23. Bonn says:

    First Amendment Under Attack — Feds Shut Down 73,000 Blogs

    First Amendment Under Attack — Feds Shut Down 73,000 Blogs

    US shuts down 73,000 blogs
    http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=US+shuts+down+73%2C000+blogs&meta=&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

    You better watch all those Links before its too late
    http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/first-amendment-under-attack-feds-shut/
    First Amendment Under Attack — Feds Shut Down 73,000 Blogs
    Under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act passed in 1998 the Obama administration has shut down 73,000 blogs this week which were hosted on the Blogetery.com WordPress based hosting service. Initially the target was a small group of sites which were incolved in illegal file sharing, but ultimately a request was issued to BurstNet, the Blogetery.com’s hosting provider, to shut down the entire network of 73,000 blogs, most of which were engaged in no illegal activity, including harmless sites like Science Experiments for Kids and political sites like Tea and Politics.
    This is the first use of the DMCA on this scale and it has frightening implications for the future. Under the act no warrant or any kind of due process is required because the government makes its request directly of the ISP involved and can penalize it administratively if it fails to comply. There is no standard for proof of illegal activity and the target of the action has no protection under the act. Many on both the right and left are concerned that this could lay the groundwork for the shut down of political sites critical of the administration, either arbitrarily or as part of some future campaign finance or net neutrality legislation.

    Read more: http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/first-amendment-under-attack-feds-shut/#ixzz0u8Mpb9wS

  24. @RedZebra…

    Hmmm… The computer models did not expect >2 standard deviations from their predictions on the Antarctic ice growth though…

    it is OUT of the range of their model (based on 1979-2000 data)…
    But, what does that prove? not much…
    except that the models are not perfect, which is to be expected considering my earlier points about the Non-linear dynamics…

    So I will agree their predictions are reasonable, but NOT correct…
    If they were “correct” we wouldn’t see such growth occurring, especially considering the MILD winter we had in the northern hemisphere…
    (and the Southern Hemisphere had the hottest summer on record)

    Under such conditions, what does logic dictate?
    the ice shouldn’t be growing that much, eh?

    then again, perhaps when the Rollover on the chart occurs, there could be greater loss on the Antarctic ice than expected?
    time will tell…
    and I’ll continue to pay Carbon Taxes because of suspect computer models and easily spooked politipigs… 😆